By 6 p.m. on Saturday, the crowd that turned out for the fourth annual St. Patrick's Day celebration at the had already gone through 600 hot dogs, 1,200 paper plates and more than half of the 700 lbs. of corned beef sliced up for the occasion.
Patch ran upstairs to see what was going on in the firehouse's kitchen and found members and Joe Senkeleski finishing up food preparations.
Mery estimated that the sunny, spring-like day would bring out over 600 partygoers and they were trying to keep up with the demand for potatoes, cabbage and chicken fingers. About 250 folks preregistered for Saturday's party, said Mery, adding that he expected people to come not just from but also neighboring , Shrewsbury, Rumson and Fair Haven.
He said that the party had evolved over four years from a firehouse fundraiser to a town-wide event.